I finished Season 3 of the television series “House M.D.” a week ago, and I had a few comments I wanted to make about it. The show is actually based off of Sherlock Holmes, and House is Holmes, and Wilson is Watson (how clever). The show follows the same basic pattern with some horrific but elusive ailment overcoming some schmuck in Jersey and they end up at Princeton’s Teaching Hospital. At first, House and his team solve the case and dismiss it, but then it comes back even worse, and they huddle around their whiteboard to add symptoms to the list and cross out diagnosi from it. Every episode includes a CAT Scan, PET scan, X-ray, or radiation treatment, a. a respiratory failure where one of the team inserts a tube down the patient’s throat, b. a cardiact arrest where the patient must be revived via defibrillator, c. a bloody discharge that is only discovered when the sheet is pulled back because the patient didn’t feel it, d. liver failure, e. kidney failure. Every episode must also include a screen shot where House is pissing off Cutty or Wilson or insulting one of his pupils when all of the sudden he stops speaking midsentence and stares off into space. The camera zooms in and he cocks his head in puppy disbelief: he just figured out what the answer to the problem is. One of the worst parts of the show is this. Let’s face it. House is an ass, but he knows his white-coat doctor shizzle. He’s the best in the world. Immigrants swim from Cuba to meet with him. So everyone knows he’s if not at first, eventually right, yet EVERY SINGLE EPISODE every doctor disagrees with him. He can’t possibly be right, and the treatment or test he wants done can’t possibly work. Yet it does, every time, without fail. Name an episode where he was wrong. Put it in the comments with your name and I’ll buy you a candybar. With a track record like that, why would every doctor question his methods, even if they were a little risky. Foreman at one point says towards the end of season three that he won’t save as many lives, but he won’t kill as many either. But House didn’t ever kill anybody as far as I know. Not because of his helter-skelter methods. (As a tangent, I learned on a recent ghost hunt that helter skelter is actually what the Manson family would write on the walls of their victims’ homes).
As far as things to thing about from the show in general, one thing I think is important in almost any field would be critical thinking and problem solving. House deduces theories for everything. He looks at Wilson and notices he is wearing the same shirt twice and decides Wilson had another fight with his wife and stayed at a hotel. Or that Cutty’s meal is in the garbage, so she must be having stomache problems and is therefore pregnant. He is able to draw conclusions based on pieces of knowledge, and then confronts those theories with questioning and testing. This is an ability of great thinkers.
Maybe something else to consider is people have reasons for being the way they are. There may be a lot of layers to someone, and we only see their outer shell. That could help us realize we shouldn’t always be so judgmental.
Also, never ever confess your feelings to a woman. Bad form. And yet, the moment Chase gave up and moved on, Cameron decided she loved him as well. So really there is no take away message here. Let’s move onto the characters:
Wilson is a doctor of oncology (cancer). He is House’s only real friend, and bends over backwards to keep him out of trouble. He goes through woman problems throughout the show, I don’t really know why. He makes a good sounding board for House, and I think plays a good sidekick. Wilson represents the chaser to House’s doubleshot. I think that his character symbolizes to all of us that we are what we are not just on talent alone but also the people we surround ourselves with. That’s why its always important to surround yourself with good and high quality people.
The medical director of the hospital, Cuddy gives House near free-reign to do his diagnosing. However, it’s almost annoying how much she questions House knowing that he’s usually right. She wants to have a child so bad, and sees her child-bearing years slipping away. House has a not so secret lust for her (I’d say crush, but potato potahto).
Cuddy represents the imbalance between work and family. She drove to the top of her field and profession, and now is realizing she is missing out on something very important to her. She’s missing invaluable experiences that are meant to be part of our existence on this earth, namely relationships: family relationships. Let’s face it, none of us will ever be truly ready for them, but how empty our lives will be if we don’t ever try/let them happen.
Cameron is the hardliner on morals. There is a black and white between right and wrong according to her. Not only that, she has this wicked secret crush on House, but then has an NSA relationship with Dr. Chase. She is compassionate, so much so it undermines her fortitude when she has to tell families that their child will die and there is nothing else they can do.
Back to right and wrong, I’ve been in deep discussion about this with a good friend. Are there only two sides to everything? Such as, is there one source of good and one source of evil? I used to agree with this, but now I almost feel its an oversimplification. I just see so many aspects of life that have both good and bad in them. People are the greatest example. At the end of our lives, if there is some moment of judgment, there is no way that we could be tossed to either side of a line, since we are made of trillions of decisions and character traits and habits, some of which are good, admirable, horrendous, despicable, and everything in between. Another example is lying. Lying biblically is always wrong. With-holding truth is a form of lying. But sometimes if people knew everything then it would only hurt them. I’d rather withhold truth than hurt a friend, but morally I’m wrong. God witholds truth from us, so I guess he’s lying too if we follow that school of thought.
Chase is the Aussie. He’s a brown noser through and through, who always agrees with House. Chase is also quite compassionate with the p
atients, but a little bit more balanced. He has a relationship with Cameron, but falls in love with her and reveals his feelings, thus shooting himself in the foot.
I think that Chase is the only one fired by House because he was able to deduce the correct diagnosis and treatments for several patients. I think he mimicked House first, and learned what he needed. I could be wrong.
Foreman is a conceited neurosurgeon with the greatest work ethic. He sacrifices everything else to be the best. Of the three doctors, he’s probably the most talented, and he assumes it. He butts heads with House the most, and hates him, but he as well as Chase and Cameron can’t help but admire House’s deductive abilities.
House is himself in every situation. He never sugar coats anything. Almost everything he does is for himself. Even his drive to solve the diagnosis is to quench his insatiable appetite for a puzzle more than saving someone. And yet, more people owe their lives to him than any other doctor. Is he good? Is he bad? Is he both? Do we judge House because he pushes people away with vicious insults and jokes?
I think many times we may know someone for awhile, and they are intrinsically good. They have their flaws, but we know their character and its good. We go along admiring or loving that person, and then all of the sudden discover some hidden secret about them that causes us to draw back in disgust and revert to a more base judgment of the person we once loved, possibly admired. All based on one character flaw. Let’s say you had a good friend for several years. That person was loyal and caring. She would do anything for you, and you enjoyed her company immensely. Then one day you found out she was a prostitute. Would you feel betrayed? Would you retract your love? Would you end your friendship? Jesus was confronted with this scenario. He may not have known the woman who washed his feet at Simon’s house personally, but he knew her profession, and yet he judged the woman for the good in her, not the bad. So House is an ass. He’s as confused as the rest of us about life. But however he goes about it, he saves lives, and that’s admirable.